Impact of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs

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Impact of Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion Programs

Join us for a discussion about the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Learn how to navigate DEI initiatives in the optics industry and how they can drive meaningful change.

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Thursday, October 5 | 11AM ET and 17:00 CEST

Diverse and Inclusive Teams Provide Better Solutions and Services

We invite you to join this 45-minute webinar presented by Kenneth Barber, Senior Director of Engineering for Edmund Optics and Marcia Lesky, Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Volunteer Cultivation for Optica¬¬¬¬. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a strong understanding of:

  • Starting your organization’s DEI journey
  • Avoiding common DEI mistakes
  • Lessons learned and best practices

Meet the Presenter
Kenneth Barber

Kenneth Barber

Senior Director of Engineering

Kenneth has over 24 years of experience in the photonics industry specializing in Project Management and Product Development. As Sr. Director of Engineering, he leads a global team of Designers and Project Managers in the US, Germany and China in the development of new product. Kenneth is the founder and Co-chair of Edmund Optics’ US Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. He holds a graduate certification in Project Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and received his BS in Optics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.


Meet the Presenter
Marcia Lesky

Marcia Lesky

Senior Director of Diversity & Foundation Programs for Optica and the Optica Foundation

Lesky is the Senior Director of Diversity & Foundation Programs for Optica and the Optica Foundation. She strategizes and executes impactful initiatives driving diversity across the organization and fostering inclusivity throughout the optics and photonics community. Previously, she developed and managed the Optica Incubator Program and oversaw federal grants for the organization. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Environmental Science from the College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse University. She is passionate about working with non-profit and advocacy organizations to develop and launch new programs.


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